Southend KS2 pupils performing above national average

Published Tuesday, 17th December 2019

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Southend-on-Sea schools are continuing to perform above the national average after the school performance tables were released.

The results, released on Friday 13 December, show that 68% of local pupils reached the expected standards in reading, writing and maths, a 1% decrease from 2018, but 3% above the national average. Fourteen percent of pupils also reached the higher standard, again above national and regional averages and also 2% increase on 2018. This ranks Southend 36th out of the 151 local authorities.

  • 76% reached the expected standard in reading, a decrease of 1% compared to 2018. The national figure is 73%, a decrease of 2% compared to 2018.
  • 82% reached the expected standard in writing teacher assessments, in line with 2018 outcomes. The national figure is 78%, unchanged from 2018
  • 80% reached the expected standard in Maths, an increase of 1% compared to 2018. The national figure is 79%, an increase of 3% compared to 2018.
  • 80% reached the expected standard in grammar, punctuation and spelling, a decrease of 1% compared to 2018. The national figure is 78%, unchanged from 2018.
  • Southend were above the national average in all subjects in terms of achieving the higher standard
  • for pupils with special educational needs, 16% of Southend pupils reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, an increase of 1% from last year but below the national average of 22%.
  • 21% of pupils with SEN Support achieved the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, an increase of 3% compared to 2018. The national figure increased by 1% to 25%.
  • 53% of disadvantaged pupils in Southend reached the expected standard in reading, writing and maths, down from 54% last year. This compares to a national average of 51%, which puts Southend 66th out of 151 local authorities nationally.
  • Southend’s progress scores were positive in reading and writing and maths. In writing, pupils made significantly more progress than their peers nationally and improved on the 2018 outcomes.

Cllr Anne Jones, cabinet member for children and learning, said: “We are absolutely delighted to see that our Key Stage 2 pupils have once again performed above the national average across the board, however we are aware that there is still lots of work to be done.

“I am particularly delighted to see that students with special education needs have increased their results following some fantastic work from the students and the dedicated work of the SEND team.

“We will continue to work hard with the Education Board and school leaders for example to improve standards and outcomes further.  Well done to all those who have been involved in achieving these results. It is great to end the decade on such positive results and we look forward to a prosperous 2021.”